Twitter warns it may strip users of their 'verified' status as it rethinks who qualifies

Jack DorseyGettyTwitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
  • Twitter is reviewing all of its verified accounts and plans to remove verification from accounts that don’t adhere to its new rules.
  • Verified badges won’t be given to any accounts until Twitter completely revamps its verification program.
  • The company was met with backlash recently for verifying the organiser of August’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Twitter said Wednesday that it was conducting a wide-sweeping review of its verified accounts with the goal of removing verification from accounts that don’t adhere to its new policies.

The move follows recent backlash Twitter received for awarding its coveted blue “verified” badge to the organiser of August’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Twitter stopped verifying accounts altogether in response to the outcry.

“Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement,” Twitter said in a series of tweets on Wednesday. “This perception became worse when we opened up verification for public submissions and verified people who we in no way endorse.”

Twitter’s newly-updated guidelines for verified accounts say the company “reserves the right to remove verification at any time without notice,” and that removal could occur for actions like “misleading people” with fake names, promoting hate speech or violence, and harassing others.

By clamping down on verified accounts, Twitter is attempting to stymie the mounting criticism it’s historically faced for not effectively combating abuse and hate speech on its network.

Twitter said Wednesday that its verification program would remain paused until it revamps the criteria and system it uses to verify accounts.

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